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2020 California Journalism Awards Digital Contest winners

2020 California Journalism Awards Digital Contest winners

 

The table below displays the 2020 California Journalism Awards Digital Contest winners by category.

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Circ Group(s)Category NameAwardOrganizationCityEntry TitleCommentsCreditsCompetition Comments
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000In-Depth ReportingFirst PlaceEdSourceOaklandEDUCATION DURING COVID: CALIFORNIA FAMILIES STRUGGLE TO LEARNThis series showed in stark detail the academic disparity between low-income and special-needs children as a result of the pandemic. The videos were superb and followed 16 families spread across the state, from near the Oregon border to San Diego, and highlighted how distance learning is leaving many children behind and also harming their mental health.EdSource StaffVery steep competition in this category; these news organizations, several of them nonprofits, displayed remarkable resources particularly during a pandemic.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000In-Depth ReportingSecond PlaceCalMattersSacramentoClose Quarters: California's overcrowded homes fuel spread of coronavirus among workersThis was an extremely strong entry that could win first place in many years. The research, which showed a direct correlation between crowded homes and COVID infections, was vast and data based.Kate Cimini, Jackie Botts, Lo Benichou, Marla ConeVery steep competition in this category; these news organizations, several of them nonprofits, displayed remarkable resources particularly during a pandemic.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000In-Depth ReportingThird PlaceNapa Valley RegisterNapaNapa County's Burning ProblemTerrific recounting of the recent wildfire history in Napa Valley, more than half of which has burned since 2017. The series included interactive graphics, succinct videos and poignant photos.Barry Eberling, Sarah Klearman, Laura SparksVery steep competition in this category; these news organizations, several of them nonprofits, displayed remarkable resources particularly during a pandemic.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000In-Depth ReportingFourth PlaceCalMattersSacramentoCalifornia's toxic legacy of "forever chemicals"Excellent examination of contaminated wells that provide drinking water for many of the state's citizens. The series demonstrated the lack of responsiveness from water providers and how the low rate of well testing left many Californians with no idea what the true extent of contamination is, and the cleanup costs.Rachel Becker, Rebecca SohnVery steep competition in this category; these news organizations, several of them nonprofits, displayed remarkable resources particularly during a pandemic.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000In-Depth ReportingFifth PlaceLong Beach PostLong Beach Shattered promise of police oversight still haunts Long Beach 30 years laterTerrific examination of how a voter-approved citizen police oversight commission has failed for 30 years, either through its own incompetence and lack of transparency, or by the rubber-stamping of city managers who ignored police misconduct. This series could have benefitted from still photographs and video.Jeremiah Dobruck, Jason Ruiz, Joel SappellVery steep competition in this category; these news organizations, several of them nonprofits, displayed remarkable resources particularly during a pandemic.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underFeature PhotoFirst PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesTulare County During the PandemicIconic photo of father child bond over historyDavid Bacon
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underFeature PhotoSecond PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesFresno: The Red and the BrownBeautiful night shot that speaks to lived cultureDavid Bacon
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underFeature PhotoThird PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesFresno: The Red and the BrownGood portrait character studyDavid Bacon
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underFeature PhotoFourth PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesStay HomePowerful image that sends a messageTed Soqui
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underFeature PhotoFifth PlaceCalifornia Health ReportJerry Tello, founder of the National Compadres Network, sits in the garden of the Los Angeles chapter of the network.Very well composed portrait of an interesting individualMartin do Nascimento
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underWritingFirst PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesOn the Front Lines of 'Reopen America'Wonderful contrarian piece. Vivid direct street reporting with great use of quotes and excellent photos. This detailed look at those protesting the partial shutdowns during the pandemic goes a long way to airing these people's points of view and, as importantly, distinguishes between their rationales and those of virulent Trump supporters.Steve ApplefordI thought only three articles were worthy of awards.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underWritingSecond PlaceCalifornia Health ReportAlternatives to Calling the Police for Domestic Violence SurvivorsVery compelling anecdotal lede and a wide-ranging look at the issues. Nicely took care of arguments for police intervention both through analysis and individual case stories.Claudia Boyd-BarrettI thought only three articles were worthy of awards.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underWritingThird PlaceCalifornia Health ReportHow Colleges Are Supporting Students Leaving Abusive RelationshipsGood examination of the problem and excellent use of your protagonist, weaving her throughout the story.Claudia Boyd-BarrettI thought only three articles were worthy of awards.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underWildfire PhotoFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoWatching the flamesThis image captures not just the fire but also the human impact and the terror it evokes by showing us the children beholding it. Outstanding shot.Robert Gauthier
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underWildfire PhotoSecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoSpooked by the fireThis haunting image shows the fear the fire causes in an unusual way, even without people or the fire in the frame.Irfan Khan
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underWildfire PhotoThird PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesSaving Mt. WilsonThe helicopter water drop delivers action and the rainbow visible in the spray shows hope. This unique shot gives an unusual perspective of this event.Ted Soqui
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underWildfire PhotoFourth PlaceThe Mercury News/East Bay TimesSan JoseLNU Lightning Complex fires burns a homeThis is a strong and frightening image of the flames and burning building. The bystander reacts and gives perspective.Karl Mondon
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underWildfire PhotoFifth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoReadying to Fight the Bobcat FireGreat composition to capture both the fire and the firefighter.Robert Gauthier
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underFeature StoryFirst PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesA Century of Picking Grapes - Why the Census Matters in Tiny PoplarDavid Bacon
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underFeature StorySecond PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesAs Droughts Ebb, California's Water Issues RemainSasha Abramsky
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underFeature StoryThird PlaceThe Malibu TimesMalibuMalibu Pier's Freshest CatchGenevieve Finn
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underFeature StoryFourth PlaceCalifornia Health ReportFor Survivors of Violence and Their Kids, a Push to Prioritize HousingClaudia Boyd-Barrett
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underFeature StoryFifth PlaceThe Malibu TimesMalibuEight Decades of Embracing the Velvety OceanMcKenzie Jackson
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underEnterprise News Story or SeriesFirst PlaceCalifornia Health ReportAlternatives to Calling the Police for Domestic Violence SurvivorsClaudia Boyd-Barrett
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underEnterprise News Story or SeriesSecond PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesPrimary SnapshotsCapital & Main Staff
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underEnterprise News Story or SeriesThird PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesThe Geography of Despair: Homeless Deaths Are L.A.'s Other EpidemicJessica Goodheart
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underEnterprise News Story or SeriesFourth PlaceCalifornia Health ReportHow Families Are Fighting Racism and Disability DiscriminationClaudia Boyd-Barrett
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underEnterprise News Story or SeriesFifth PlaceCalifornia Health ReportFor Survivors of Violence and Their Kids, a Push to Prioritize HousingClaudia Boyd-Barrett
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underInvestigative ReportingFirst PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesThe Slow-Motion Cleanup of L.A.'s Exide MessDan Ross
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underInvestigative ReportingSecond PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesDeath, Miscarriage and COVID-19: Inside ICE Air's History of Medical NeglectAngelika Albaladejo
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underInvestigative ReportingThird PlaceThe Malibu TimesMalibuSome Local Businesses Receive Millions in PPP FundingGenevieve Finn
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underInvestigative ReportingFourth PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesPerdue's Time as Dollar General CEO Marked by Charges of Wage Theft, Race and Sex DiscriminationJessica Goodheart, Roxane Auer
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underInvestigative ReportingFifth PlaceChicoSolChicoConflict of interest in Stephen Vest killing probe?Dave Waddell
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overGeneral ExcellenceFirst PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentosacbee.comStaff
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overGeneral ExcellenceSecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoLos Angeles TimesL.A. Times Staff
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overGeneral ExcellenceThird PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoThe San Diego Union-Tribune websiteThe San Diego Union-Tribune staff
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overGeneral ExcellenceFourth PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSFChronicle.comSan Francisco Chronicle Staff
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overGeneral ExcellenceFifth PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaSanta Rosa Press Democrat www.pressdemocrat.comAnnika Toernqvist, Katy Lieber, Elissa Chudwin, George Buce, Christian Hupfeld
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesFirst PlaceCalMattersSacramentoA Year of LossCalMatters Staff
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesSecond PlaceThe Mercury News/East Bay TimesSan JoseThe Hartwigs -- The cruelty of the pandemic through one family's storyJulia Prodis Sulek
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesThird PlaceEdSourceOaklandHow Kusema Thomas Missed Six Weeks of Distance LearningJohn Fensterwald, Jennifer Molina
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesFourth PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta Rosa'You can go, Dad. I love you': Santa Rosa family shares anguish after patriarch dies from coronavirusJulie Johnson, Kent Porter, Elissa Chudwin
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-ProfilesFifth PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoShe's only 27 - and COVID-19 nearly killed her. She wants her to story be a lessonSawsan Morrar, Tony Bizjak
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFirst PlaceVentura County StarCamarilloGiving birth in the COVID-19 pandemic: 'Nothing can stop new life'Well-reported, well-written, very human story. Kudos for finding so many sources to talk about the impact of the pandemic on childbirth.Tom Kisken
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutSecond PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoSilicon Valley's underground food movement is driven by Instagram and COVID economicsReally engaging, entertaining story, but also a window into resourcefulness during the crisis.Elena Kadvany
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutThird PlaceLong Beach PostLong Beach'They should have warned us' A COVID series on the fallout and failures inside Long Beach nursing homesSolid, multi-part investigation that provided answers to agonizing questions for readers early in the pandemic.Kelly Puente
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFourth PlaceVoice of OCSanta AnaSantana: Latinos in Santa Ana and Anaheim Confront a Day of The Dead Unlike Any OtherMoving, well-written column.Norberto Santana, Jr.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFifth PlaceVisalia Times-DeltaVisaliaParents of special education students say they've been left in the dark on reopening plansThe effect of the pandemic on schoolkids has been well-documented, but the focus here on this even more isolated group of kids is important and well-done.Sheyanne Romero
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underArts & Entertainment CoverageFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoRise of the DancefluencerMakeda Easter, Claire Collins, Vanessa Martinez, J.R. Lizarrago
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underArts & Entertainment CoverageSecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoThe Ultimate Summer Movie ShowdownL.A. Times Staff
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underArts & Entertainment CoverageThird PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachDiPiazza's gave live music a home in Long Beach by treating "kids like rock stars"Cheantay Jensen
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underArts & Entertainment CoverageFourth PlaceSF WeeklySan FranciscoA Magical Mystery Tour Through San FranciscoNick Veronin
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underArts & Entertainment CoverageFifth PlaceSF WeeklySan FranciscoChinatown's Seniors Are More Stylish Than YouGrace Z. Li
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFirst PlaceValley VoiceLemon CoveTulare County nursing homes struggleThis was clearly not an easy story to report. The number of sources and the kind of details made it very very believable. The follow-up strengthened the case.Martin Velasco-RamosA lot of good work in this category. The covid reporting stands out the most and the enterprising reporting shines. It was not an easy year to report and these stories showed how well it could be done.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingSecond PlaceCalifornia Health ReportKids Who Rely On Ventilators Can't Get Enough Supplies, Putting Their Lives At RiskThe reporter hit this story early in the pandemic. The level of detail and observations made this story come alive. The best writing of the submissions.Claudia Boyd-BarrettA lot of good work in this category. The covid reporting stands out the most and the enterprising reporting shines. It was not an easy year to report and these stories showed how well it could be done.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingThird PlaceChicoSolChicoButte County Latinos hit hardest by pandemicA story that had impact: "A Butte County Public Health spokesperson today confirmed that breakdown data will be released monthly beginning this month." The reporter did what the county should have been doing. The follow ups were helpful too.Leslie LaytonA lot of good work in this category. The covid reporting stands out the most and the enterprising reporting shines. It was not an easy year to report and these stories showed how well it could be done.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFourth PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesHand Over Fist: Health Insurers Make a Killing During ContagionA very informed and clear explanation of the things insurance companies did to prop up profits.Mark KreidlerA lot of good work in this category. The covid reporting stands out the most and the enterprising reporting shines. It was not an easy year to report and these stories showed how well it could be done.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFifth PlaceIndia CurrentsSan JosePandemic and HealthRevealed little-known aspects of life in the Indian-American community. Strong reporting with loads of detail.Ritu Marwah, Meera Kymal, Srishti Prabha, Kanchan NaikA lot of good work in this category. The covid reporting stands out the most and the enterprising reporting shines. It was not an easy year to report and these stories showed how well it could be done.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overInformational GraphicFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoTracking the coronavirus in CaliforniaThe presentation was very clean, and I appreciated the explanations on how the data is gathered. The underlined key words and corresponding colors to the chart were also effective in guiding the viewer to the data.L.A. Times Data and Graphics DepartmentThe entries overall did a great job at using maps and charts in illustrating the topic. The entries that revolved around the pandemic did a splendid job at taking a mammoth of data and displaying them in an engaging way.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overInformational GraphicSecond PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoCoronavirus TrackerThe page seamlessly transitioned from showing statewide data in a clear way to more Bay Area-specific details by the end. All the charts were easy to navigate.San Francisco Chronicle StaffThe entries overall did a great job at using maps and charts in illustrating the topic. The entries that revolved around the pandemic did a splendid job at taking a mammoth of data and displaying them in an engaging way.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overInformational GraphicThird PlaceThe Mercury News/East Bay TimesSan JoseHarriet Blair Rowan coronavirus portfolioThe animation graphics were captivating, engaging and effectively illustrate how the virus impacted several areas over time.Harriet Blair RowanThe entries overall did a great job at using maps and charts in illustrating the topic. The entries that revolved around the pandemic did a splendid job at taking a mammoth of data and displaying them in an engaging way.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overInformational GraphicFourth PlaceThe Press-EnterpriseRiversideDynamic coronavirus trackersThe county-by-county information is important in gauging the spread of the virus and was organized in a clear manner. I appreciated how the color palette carried through from beginning to end.Nikie JohnsonThe entries overall did a great job at using maps and charts in illustrating the topic. The entries that revolved around the pandemic did a splendid job at taking a mammoth of data and displaying them in an engaging way.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overInformational GraphicFifth PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaMap: Glass fire's proximity to past fires in the North BayThe distinct colors showing which sections were burned during which fire seasons was a story in itself. It helped illustrate how many of these burn areas overlapped. A great way of capturing information spanning several years.Christian HupfeldThe entries overall did a great job at using maps and charts in illustrating the topic. The entries that revolved around the pandemic did a splendid job at taking a mammoth of data and displaying them in an engaging way.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of Local GovernmentFirst PlaceVentura County StarCamarilloOxnard's legal fight with Aaron Starr comes at taxpayers' expenseWendy Leung
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of Local GovernmentSecond PlaceVentura County StarCamarilloEnd comes for Oxnard's gang injunctionsMegan Diskin
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of Local GovernmentThird PlaceVoice of OCSanta AnaAngel Stadium Sale's Community Benefits Remain a Mystery, Final Price Tag UnknownSpencer Custodio
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of Local GovernmentFourth PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachDid a councilman try to help a bingo operator game COVID-19 rules?Stephanie Rivera
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of Local GovernmentFifth PlacePleasanton WeeklyPleasantonPolicing in PleasantonJulia Baum, Jeremy Walsh
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underStory Presentation Page Layout & DesignFirst PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachShattered promise of police oversight still haunts Long Beach 30 years laterStandout in the competition because of its originality in design and illustration. The pieces of shattered glass helped you move down the page and yet wasn't distracting.Jason Ruiz, Jeremiah Dobruck, Dennis Dean, Joel Sappell, Paul KovacSome very clever designs. I was wowed by the use of color, but simplicity and ease of use played an important role in choosing the winner.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underStory Presentation Page Layout & DesignSecond PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachCompare Your CandidatesEasy to navigate and it packed a lot information that was easy to access without leaving the page and returning. Simple idea, well executed.Dennis DeanSome very clever designs. I was wowed by the use of color, but simplicity and ease of use played an important role in choosing the winner.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underStory Presentation Page Layout & DesignThird PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachThe Hi-lo: Arts, Culture & Food from the Long Beach PostLoved the bold color scheme. You hit that page and you know where you are: Fun! Not enough pages use color effectively like this. Each segment had a good photo.Steve Lowery, Dennis DeanSome very clever designs. I was wowed by the use of color, but simplicity and ease of use played an important role in choosing the winner.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underStory Presentation Page Layout & DesignFourth PlaceCalifornia Health ReportAlternatives to Calling the Police for Domestic Violence SurvivorsGood photos that capture the speakers. But a fairly conventional lay out.Hannah Guzik, Claudia Boyd-Barrett, Martin do NascimentoSome very clever designs. I was wowed by the use of color, but simplicity and ease of use played an important role in choosing the winner.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underStory Presentation Page Layout & DesignFifth PlaceEdSourceOaklandEducation During Covid: California Families Struggle to LearnClear and clean. Kept you moving down the page.Justin AllenSome very clever designs. I was wowed by the use of color, but simplicity and ease of use played an important role in choosing the winner.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Informational GraphicFirst PlaceVoice of OCSanta AnaOrange County CA Coronavirus Daily Tracker by City, New Cases and HospitalizationsSonya QuickOC's coronavirus daily virus tracker loads instantaneously and is packed with useful information. The graphics are easy to understand and nice to look at. Very impressive.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Informational GraphicSecond PlaceCalMattersSacramentoTracking coronavirus hospitalizations in California by countyJohn Osborn D'Agostino, Lo BenichouOC's coronavirus daily virus tracker loads instantaneously and is packed with useful information. The graphics are easy to understand and nice to look at. Very impressive.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Informational GraphicThird PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachHow much has the Long Beach police union given to political campaigns?Alena MaschkeOC's coronavirus daily virus tracker loads instantaneously and is packed with useful information. The graphics are easy to understand and nice to look at. Very impressive.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Informational GraphicFourth PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoLife in Quarantine: By the NumbersKevin Legnon, Linda TaaffeOC's coronavirus daily virus tracker loads instantaneously and is packed with useful information. The graphics are easy to understand and nice to look at. Very impressive.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Informational GraphicFifth PlaceThe UnionGrass ValleyNevada County opioid overdose rate skyrocketsSamantha SullivanOC's coronavirus daily virus tracker loads instantaneously and is packed with useful information. The graphics are easy to understand and nice to look at. Very impressive.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000ColumnsFirst PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSoleil Ho's Food Culture ColumnsSoleil Ho
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000ColumnsSecond PlaceVoice of OCSanta AnaSantana: County of Orange Auctioned Off 100,000 Expired N95 Protective MasksNorberto Santana, Jr.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000ColumnsThird PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoLZ GrandersonLZ Granderson
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000ColumnsFourth PlaceSan Jose SpotlightSan JoseIn Your BackyardCecilia Martin, Michael Eckhart, Jerome Shaw, Frank Ponciano, Ramona Giwargis
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000ColumnsFifth PlaceSF WeeklySan FranciscoPacific Highs: SFW's Weekly Cannabis ColumnZack Ruskin
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underColumnsFirst PlaceCalifornia Health ReportRacial Equity ColumnsExceptionally important columns about the intersection of race and public health. Could not be more timely. Well written and clear.Denzel TongueIt's great to see so many powerful, hard-hitting local columns addressing critical issues.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underColumnsSecond PlaceThe Milpitas BeatOpinion Columns by Eric Shapiro - Entry #1Powerful columns that take on the local power structure over homelessness. This is exactly what a local column should be.Eric ShapiroIt's great to see so many powerful, hard-hitting local columns addressing critical issues.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underColumnsThird PlaceValley VoiceLemon Cove"From The Publisher's Desk"Great local columns about police abuse and protest. Powerfully written, clear, with a strong point. Very impressive.Joseph OldenbourgIt's great to see so many powerful, hard-hitting local columns addressing critical issues.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underColumnsFourth PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesThe Heat 2020Good job discussing the way climate change is stirring up young voters.Judith Lewis MernitIt's great to see so many powerful, hard-hitting local columns addressing critical issues.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underColumnsFifth PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesPandemic NationA combination of opinion and reporting tells an important story.Mark KreidlerIt's great to see so many powerful, hard-hitting local columns addressing critical issues.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overBreaking NewsFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoKobe Bryant, daughter among 9 dead in helicopter crash in CalabasasYou really can't beat what a publication with the resources and talented staff of the LA Times can do on a breaking story like this. Great up-to-the-minute updates. Great follow up. Great reporting on what went wrong. Pretty much the definition of how a breaking story should be covered today.L.A. Times Staff
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overBreaking NewsSecond PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoCalifornia's Wildfire SiegeGood public information, and the reporting by Sarah Ravani and Megan Cassidy was particularly good.San Francisco Chronicle Staff
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overBreaking NewsThird PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaLive updates covering the first 24 hours of the Glass and Shady fires in Sonoma and Napa Counties September 27 and 28What people want to know in an emergency like this is where the fire is, where to go for safety, and what's happening. Great work providing that info.Bill Swindell, Tyler Silvy, Martin Espinoza, Julie Johnson, Kent Porter
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overBreaking NewsFourth PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramento71 infected with coronavirus at Sacramento church. Congregation tells county 'leave us alone'This is a fascinating story on a topic that often gets only limited coverage -- how churches were dealing with the early days of COVID. Nice work.Tony Bizjak, Sam Sam, Michael McGough, Dale Kasler
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overBreaking NewsFifth PlaceThe Mercury News/East Bay TimesSan JoseBLM protests come to San JosePretty classic coverage of demonstrations and the police response.Bay Area News Group
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFirst PlaceThe Mercury News/East Bay TimesSan JoseThis powerful photo of her kneeling before San Jose riot police went viral. Now we know her storyThis is a profound, dramatic story that shows what good reporting can do to humanize a political protest. Fantastic work.Julia Prodis Sulek
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesSecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoHow two Black women in L.A. helped build Black Lives Matter from hashtag to global movementExcellent story that goes beyond the immediate headlines to talk about two Black women who helped transform how we think about protest and politics.Andrea Castillo
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesThird PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoUnder lax protocol, LAPD responded to protests with aggressive forceGreat investigative work on problems with the way the LAPD responded to protests. A model for what an urban daily should be doing.L.A. Times Staff
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFourth PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramento'A wound that never closes': Racism, police violence and the toll on Black mental healthGreat story that adds an important element to the news.Darrell Smith, Cathie Anderson
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFifth PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramento'Every black mother heard him': Sacramento mothers mourn George Floyd at Oak Park rallyGood news story that adds important context to an event.Darrell Smith
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFirst PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachData and Demographics: A series on the socioeconomic disparities of COVIDThe Long Beach Post provides an important public service, going behind the daily Covid-19 case counts to help readers understand the "why" behind the demographic trends. An outstanding example of why local news matters.Kelly Puente, Sebastian Echeverry, Valerie Osier, Alena Maschke
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingSecond PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachInstitutional Impacts: A COVID health reporting series inside Long Beach hospitalsWith keen-eyed reporting and vivid writing, the Long Beach Post takes readers inside area hospitals as Covid-19 makes its third deadly surge. A high-energy effort that helps readers experience the pandemic's mounting toll on front-line hospital workers.Melissa Evans, Kelly Puente, Valerie Osier, Jeremiah Dobruck, Brandon Richardson
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingThird PlaceMountain View VoicePalo AltoMonths into the pandemic, Santa Clara County's hospitals are still falling short on COVID-19 testingApplause for this bold example of local accountability journalism. With solid, even-handed reporting, the Mountain View Voice brings to light troubling allegations that health care giants Kaiser Permanente and Sutter are not shouldering their share of the pandemic testing burden.Kevin Forestieri
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFourth PlaceTurlock JournalTurlockCovid-19 Discussion: Dr. Juris Grasis & Dr. Jenny HowellAn exemplary effort to counter the fear and misinformation that clouded the early spread of Covid-19. Via a well-scripted question-and-answer session with two articulate experts, the Turlock Journal breaks down a complex subject with digestible clarity. A refreshingly simple approach to good public service journalism.Frankie Tovar, Angelina Martin
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFifth PlaceVoice of OCSanta AnaHomeless Deaths Are Spiking in Orange CountyThe Voice of OC uncovers an alarming spike in area homeless deaths, and in dogged pursuit of the "why" exposes a troubling lack of tracking and awareness among local officials. An important example of local accountability journalism.Nick Gerda
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overFeature StoryFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoA Toxic Secret Lurks in Deep SeaCompelling topic with writing and presentation that moves the reader through a story that is astounding.Rosanna Xia, Sean Greene
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overFeature StorySecond PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoTheo: Homeless at Age 7Great reporting and photos. Writing is clear and effortlessly moves between Theo and statistics that give context.Sarah Ravani, Gabrielle Lurie
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overFeature StoryThird PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoA support group for women on the front lines of the caregiving crisisLovely story that is deeply reported, with just the right amount of context and plenty of space to get to know these women and what they mean to each other.Marisa Gerber
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overFeature StoryFourth PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoBoot Camp RevampGreat presentation and photos, clear reporting, interesting to learn how the Marines adjusted to the pandemic.Andrew Dyer, Nelvin C. Cepeda
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overFeature StoryFifth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoBefore that French Laundry, there was Sally Schmitt's French LaundrySuch an interesting look at an unassuming chef, the history of a local restaurant and the changes in the industry.Daniel Miller, Mariah Tauger, Robert Gourley
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overWritingFirst PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoThe Evidence Burns AwayWith California wildfires getting more intense each year, this story stands out by examining the back story behind one main fire, something that isn't always covered in this much detail in the news. The writing style was reminiscent of a crime novel. The transitions were smooth and the cliffhangers built the suspense.Lizzie JohnsonEach piece showed how immersed the writers were in the stories they pursued. Many clearly took the time to weave interviews from multiple sources together for a compelling narrative.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overWritingSecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoImpeachment. Primaries. Kobe. Coronavirus rushed in while our focus was elsewhereWow. A great scope of how the virus became known and how officials realized (or didn't realize) the gravity of the situation early on in the pandemic. The quotes throughout the piece helped capture a historic time.James Rainey, Kiera FeldmanEach piece showed how immersed the writers were in the stories they pursued. Many clearly took the time to weave interviews from multiple sources together for a compelling narrative.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overWritingThird PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoBack from the deadThroughout the article, the writer works through the impact of the tragic mix-up on both sides and helps bring them together by the end.Molly O'TooleEach piece showed how immersed the writers were in the stories they pursued. Many clearly took the time to weave interviews from multiple sources together for a compelling narrative.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overWritingFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoBlankets, canned tuna and faith in God - how fleeing Venezuelans surviveStructuring the story around people during each stop of the journey provided an arc that was understood without having to provide an explanation. Each slice of life had similarities with one another, and together helped give multiple lenses to understand the Venezuelan migration crisis.Andrea CastilloEach piece showed how immersed the writers were in the stories they pursued. Many clearly took the time to weave interviews from multiple sources together for a compelling narrative.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overWritingFifth PlaceKaiser Health NewsSan FranciscoHard Lives Made Harder by Covid: Homeless Endure a 'Slow-Moving Train Wreck'Great diversity in sources and detail into each person's life. The contrast between the governor's commitment to providing housing before the pandemic and a rundown of what has and needs to be done brought everything together.Anna Maria Barry-Jester, Angela HartEach piece showed how immersed the writers were in the stories they pursued. Many clearly took the time to weave interviews from multiple sources together for a compelling narrative.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoFirst PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesLos Angeles in TurmoilA powerful image that captures so much detail in one frame -- the burning flames, distant helicopter and appropriately named Hollywood billboard.Ted Soqui
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoSecond PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesLos Angeles in TurmoilA poignant juxtaposition a the normal scene of traffic with the not-normal image of heavily armed law enforcement on the streets.Ted Soqui
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoThird PlaceThe Malibu TimesMalibuBLM Paddle-OutThe photo captures such a California moment, a very West Coast protest, complete with body suits and surfboards.Devon Meyers
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoFourth PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesLos Angeles in TurmoilTed Soqui
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoFifth PlacePleasanton WeeklyPleasantonMoment of silence (8:46) during Pleasanton marchRyan Degan
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underHome Page Layout & DesignFirst PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesCapital & MainFantastic design with good flow through the homepage. Excellent use of color and typography. Intriguing stories with strong headlines. Nice use of photo illustration.Capital & Main Staff
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underHome Page Layout & DesignSecond PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSFChronicle.com HomepageSmart design with great headlines and excellent creativity. Nice use of data graphics. Enticing headlines. Fantastic photography.San Francisco Chronicle Staff
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underHome Page Layout & DesignThird PlaceVoice of OCSanta AnaVoice of OCLocal news presented in a smart manner.Sonya Quick
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underHome Page Layout & DesignFourth PlaceEdSourceOaklandEdSource.orgJustin Allen
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underHome Page Layout & DesignFifth PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachLong Beach PostDennis Dean, Joshua Reed
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Breaking NewsFirst PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachMay 31: A night of chaos in Long BeachAll Staff
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Breaking NewsSecond PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachMan killed in attempted carjacking was beloved special education teacher, fatherValerie Osier
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Breaking NewsThird PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoAs coronavirus epidemic spreads, Palo Altan recounts desperation to get out of WuhanSue Dremann
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Breaking NewsFourth PlaceVisalia Times-DeltaVisaliaOusted Tulare hospital managers face embezzlement, conspiracy, money laundering chargesJames Ward, James Ward
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Breaking NewsFifth PlaceVoice of OCSanta AnaOrange County Confirms First Case of Locally Transmitted CoronavirusNorberto Santana, Jr.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overVideo Journalism-NewsFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoCan California's formerly incarcerated make firefighting a career?Claire Hannah Collins, Erik Himmelsbach-Weinstein, Albert Brave Tiger Lee, Meiying Wu
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overVideo Journalism-NewsSecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoThe Compton Cowboys join thousands in a peace walk through ComptonMark Potts
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overVideo Journalism-NewsThird PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoAn ASL interpreter's message: Black Lives MatterClaire Hannah Collins, Erik Himmelsbach-Weinstein
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overVideo Journalism-NewsFourth PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoMissing in MexicoAlejandro Tamayo, Wendy Fry, John Kelley, Michelle Gilchrist, Michelle Guerrero
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overVideo Journalism-NewsFifth PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramento'It's heartbreaking.' See what's killing thousands of California's shorebirdsXavier Mascareñas
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underLocal Coverage of Election 2020First PlaceValley VoiceLemon CoveAlta Irrigation District Holds Rare ElectionCatherine Doe
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underLocal Coverage of Election 2020Second PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesCalifornia Renters and Landlords Face Off at the Ballot BoxRobin Urevich
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underLocal Coverage of Election 2020Third PlaceIndia CurrentsSan JoseThe Indian American VoteSarita Sarvate, Nirupama Vaidhyanathan, Anjana Nagarajan-Butaney
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underLocal Coverage of Election 2020Fourth PlaceValley VoiceLemon CoveContentious Election Erupts at Sierra View HospitalCatherine Doe
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underLocal Coverage of Election 2020Fifth PlaceChicoSolChicoAn election ends Gridley's 'political slumber'Leslie Layton
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overStory Presentation Page Layout & DesignFirst PlaceThe Mercury News/East Bay TimesSan JoseOn the Front LInesThe sliding page presentation makes for a particularly powerful format. One image appears in view only to reveal an even more gripping, complete image that tells an even more anguishing story of the California fires and the aftermath. Powerful storytelling.Bay Area News Group photo department , Sarah Dussault, Dai Sugano, Laura Oda, Pai
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overStory Presentation Page Layout & DesignSecond PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoA California bus crash killed 11. Was the driver's prison sentence a 'miscarriage of justice'?Great use of presentation to package multiple elements into a seamless user-friendly format. The design of the page and project facilitated the storytelling of a tragic story.Jason Pohl, Sohail Al-Jamea, Renée C. Byer, Nathaniel Levine
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overStory Presentation Page Layout & DesignThird PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoThe year in picturesNot every Year-in-Review is created equal, and this presentation shows why. Visually compelling and easy to peruse, either by scrolling down the page or selecting to view by month.Union-Tribune staff
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overStory Presentation Page Layout & DesignFourth PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoThe (ir)regular seasonK.C. Alfred, Sam Hodgson
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overStory Presentation Page Layout & DesignFifth PlaceThe Mercury News/East Bay TimesSan JoseHindsight 2020Bay Area News Group photo department , Sarah Dussault, Dai Sugano, Laura Oda, Pai
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overCoverage of Youth and EducationFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoA generation left behind? Online learning cheats poor students, Times survey findsAbsolutely fantastic reporting and the supportive graphics and photos were well-placed and helped the story's momentum. Loved the interactive form at the end. The piece was necessarily text heavy, but I did have some scroll-fatigue towards the end, and wondered if there was a way this could have been presented as a package (or with colorful sidebars) rather than as a straight one-pager. Overall great work.Julia Barajas, Howard Blume, Paloma Esquivel, Ben PostonAn incredible year for educational reporting in the face of a catastrophe. All of the publication entries were up to the task while reflecting the importance of online presentation.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overCoverage of Youth and EducationSecond PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoInexperienced teachers are often sent to low-income schools in Sacramento. Why that mattersThe reporting was wonderful and the graphics were on-point in representing and supplementing the information. I loved the "Behind the Story" band, which helped connect the story to your other reporting. This was a deep story, precise and well-reported.Sawsan Morrar, Phillip ReeseAn incredible year for educational reporting in the face of a catastrophe. All of the publication entries were up to the task while reflecting the importance of online presentation.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overCoverage of Youth and EducationThird PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoClass of 2020A beautiful example of using digital to differentiate from print. Excellent and (very) dynamic layout, beautiful photos and well-produced video, loved the extra touches like the cursor-tip sparkles. This package did incredibly well at presenting us with the students--at the end I did wonder what the "story" was. I think it could have done with some more editorial contextualization. But it was a fantastic more-than-snapshot of these young peoples lives at this time.San Francisco Chronicle Photo StaffAn incredible year for educational reporting in the face of a catastrophe. All of the publication entries were up to the task while reflecting the importance of online presentation.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overCoverage of Youth and EducationFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoSeason interruptedGreat package that reflected the scope of the pandemic's affect on the community's young athletes. Very striking splash page, although with so many entries, the grid did feel a bit repetitive with scrolling. Loved the video interviews, perhaps the text accompaniment could have felt less questionnaire-like, since the videos were more casual. Very informative and I liked finding out about so many different athletes in this format. Very well done.Eric Sondheimer, Mark Potts, Eric Himmelsbach-Weinstein, Chris StoneAn incredible year for educational reporting in the face of a catastrophe. All of the publication entries were up to the task while reflecting the importance of online presentation.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overCoverage of Youth and EducationFifth PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramento'Historical failure': Thousands of students being left behind by Sacramento school districtGreat reporting and the video was solid.Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks, Sawsan MorrarAn incredible year for educational reporting in the face of a catastrophe. All of the publication entries were up to the task while reflecting the importance of online presentation.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underIn-Depth ReportingFirst PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesWhen COVID-19 Hit L.A. Nursing Homes, Where Was the County's Department of Public Health?This was a comprehensive series of stories about the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's response to COVID-19 in the early months of the pandemic. Well-sourced, well-explained reporting helped set this entry apart in a strong category of entrants.
Danny Feingold, Dan RossMany solid entries. Great job to everyone.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underIn-Depth ReportingSecond PlaceCalifornia Health ReportDisasters Are Driving a Mental Health CrisisClear writing and explanation of a difficult problem. I learned so many things about the mental health impacts to disasters and what solutions are proposed to help fill in these gaps. Great job to the California Health Report team.
Claudia Boyd-Barrett, Dean Russell, Jamie Smith HopkinsMany solid entries. Great job to everyone.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underIn-Depth ReportingThird PlaceCalifornia Health ReportKids Who Rely On Ventilators Can't Get Enough Supplies, Putting Their Lives At RiskThe publication shined a light on an issue that otherwise might not get much attention. There are many challenges to the pandemic, and this is one that could have gotten lost without her reporting on a sensitive subject. Excellent job.
Claudia Boyd-BarrettMany solid entries. Great job to everyone.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underIn-Depth ReportingFourth PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesThe Struggle to Access HIV Prevention MedsThe reporter did a remarkable job explaining a complicated subject, laying out the ongoing issues and presenting solutions. The interactive charts were a nice touch.
Larry BuhlMany solid entries. Great job to everyone.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underIn-Depth ReportingFifth PlaceThe Malibu TimesMalibuThe Woolsey Fire's Two-Year AnniversaryThis series on the aftermath of the Woolsey Fire does more than simply look back on the devastating fire -- the newspaper gives a close look at the rebuilding process for local residents' homes and helpfully explains to local readers what's happening around them ecologically as a result of the fire. Solid reporting that residents surely stood to benefit from reading.
Emily SawickiMany solid entries. Great job to everyone.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overEnterprise News Story or SeriesFirst PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoDelta on the EdgeThis story makes the most of the digital medium, with stunning photos and video, informative graphics and vivid writing that captures a world and way of life far removed - and threatened - by climate change, development pressures and the thirst of millions of people in the Bay Area and beyond. And a great ending, too.Kurtis Alexander, Carlos Avila Gonzalez, Santiago MejiaThis was an extremely competitive category. The differences between Places 1 and 5 were miniscule.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overEnterprise News Story or SeriesSecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoA pork factory town, the refugees who make up the rolls, and coronavirus outbreak that rocked the regionThis is some of the best character-driven national reporting to emerge during the pandemic. The scenes the reporter witnessed - first and second generation immigrants putting their lives at risk - while Sioux Falls' mostly white population carries on life as normal made me angry. I especially appreciated that the reporter went back to Sioux Falls several times after his first story.Jaweed KaleemThis was an extremely competitive category. The differences between Places 1 and 5 were miniscule.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overEnterprise News Story or SeriesThird PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoMissing in MexicoThe toll that this story captures is staggering and heartbreaking: tens of thousands of mostly young men presumed dead, buried in mass graves or entombed in the walls or under the floors of houses The searchers - U.S. and Mexican mothers, fathers and other relatives- exhibit great courage in the face of corrupt police and government officials. So, too, do the reporter and photographer.Wendy Fry, Alejandro TamayoThis was an extremely competitive category. The differences between Places 1 and 5 were miniscule.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overEnterprise News Story or SeriesFourth PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoNothing Wild Loved the framing of this series. The reporter's command of his subject matter is impressive, so too is his ability to capture fairly the conflicting passions of the farmers, ranchers, indigenous people and environmental activistsRyan SabalowThis was an extremely competitive category. The differences between Places 1 and 5 were miniscule.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overEnterprise News Story or SeriesFifth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoHow do you sign 'Black Lives Matter' in ASL? For black deaf Angelenos, it's complicatedA timely, surprising and fresh examination of the ways racial inequities ensure that ASL does not always adequately represent the Black deaf community.Sonja SharpThis was an extremely competitive category. The differences between Places 1 and 5 were miniscule.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Local Coverage of Election 2020First PlaceCalMattersSacramentoCalifornia Election 2020 coverage samplerBen Christopher
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Local Coverage of Election 2020Second PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoRural California is divided, armed for revolt. What's the matter in the State of Jefferson?Ryan Sabalow, Lara Korte, Jason Pohl
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Local Coverage of Election 2020Third PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoMeet the Mexican Americans in California who are voting for Donald TrumpKIM BOJÓRQUEZ
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Local Coverage of Election 2020Fourth PlaceMountain View VoicePalo AltoMeasure C: An inflection point in Mountain View's approach to homelessnessKevin Forestieri
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Local Coverage of Election 2020Fifth PlaceVoice of OCSanta AnaSanta Ana Officials Raise Questions Over Voter Access 'Desert' In City's Crowded South EndBrandon Pho
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFirst PlaceValley VoiceLemon CoveTulare Public Cemetery InequityA fantastic example of in-depth community reporting and following a full arc of a story to show how a global issue plays out in a hyperlocal way, refracted via inequity. Great reporting. Would have loved to see some more illustrations, but considering the personal nature of the story I can see how that might have been impossible.Catherine DoeIncredible and enlightening entries this year that proved that, despite the dire forecasts, local journalism is alive and more essential than ever. Fantastic work from all the entrants.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutSecond PlaceValley VoiceLemon CoveTulare Cemetery District TurmoilA vivid depiction of how conflict around the pandemic affected a local government behind the scenes. Deeply involving and a great document of how things played out during these contentious times.Catherine DoeIncredible and enlightening entries this year that proved that, despite the dire forecasts, local journalism is alive and more essential than ever. Fantastic work from all the entrants.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutThird PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesIs the Golden State Reopening Too Soon?A broad yet very precise overview that was dynamic and inclusive. The deep looks into different communities facing uncertainty will remain a solid document of what the state was doing and not doing -- and what people were going through -- during this time.Sasha Abramsky, Bobbi Murray, Joe RihnIncredible and enlightening entries this year that proved that, despite the dire forecasts, local journalism is alive and more essential than ever. Fantastic work from all the entrants.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFourth PlaceIndia CurrentsSan JoseThey Found a Way to Say I DoThis tri-faceted look at how the Indian-American community faced the pandemic with uncertainty and determination was fascinating, and represented voices not often heard in other media. I loved that it looked at things from economic, artistic, and cultural lenses that enriched each account.Ritu Marwah, Srishti Prabha, Vandana KumarIncredible and enlightening entries this year that proved that, despite the dire forecasts, local journalism is alive and more essential than ever. Fantastic work from all the entrants.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFifth PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesL.A. Street Vendors Are Caught Between COVID and the LawThe solid piece of reporting became well-known for reasons beyond its execution--it tackled a vital subject at the intersection of so many issues raised and exposed by the pandemic itself. Great work.Jack Ross, Janette VillafanaIncredible and enlightening entries this year that proved that, despite the dire forecasts, local journalism is alive and more essential than ever. Fantastic work from all the entrants.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underPublic Service JournalismFirst PlacePleasanton WeeklyPleasanton2020 Tri-Valley candidate forum seriesProviding the public with access to local government and supporting democracy are some of the fundamentals of journalism, and the staff of the Pleasanton Weekly went above and beyond in their quest to fulfill their duty in those areas. Their reporting on the candidates, issues and forums was top-notch, and when compounded by the fact that they set up and moderated these forums and during a pandemic and while completing their "regular" jobs, it's almost unfathomable that the staff was able to accomplish this without having some wide variety of super powers. This is the type of journalism and newsroom that I will teach to my reporting public affairs students for years, as it represents the very best of what we can be and do as local journalists when we try hard enough to make it happen.
The design isn't fancy, but it doesn't have to be when the writing and reporting are as solid as it is here. This is good, old-fashioned reporting at its best, and the timeline behind it all again makes me wonder if super powers came into play. This team and the Pleasanton Weekly truly did its community a tremendous public service.
Jeremy Walsh, Gina Channell, Ryan Degan, Julia Baum, Cierra Bailey
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underPublic Service JournalismSecond PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesWhen COVID-19 Hit L.A. Nursing Homes, Where Was the County's Department of Public Health?This series stood out for its deep, thorough reporting, use of public records and data, reader-friendly layout (nice use of breakout quotes) and prolific hyperlinks, to name a few of its many standout features. This was easily the most comprehensive look I've seen into COVID-19's spread within nursing homes, and the effort that went into this is obvious. So is the public service effect of this story, as it's clear that Capital & Main (and largely Mr. Feingold) forced the county to take action (more than once) through its dogged and tireless pursuit of the truth. I am curious what the effect has been of C&M's investigation into the HFID, but even without knowing that, this work overall is a solid example of what public service journalism should be and do.Danny Feingold, Dan Ross
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underPublic Service JournalismThird PlaceChicoSolChicoButte County Latinos hit hardest by pandemicThe public service effect of Ms. Layton's July article is impossible to miss in the subsequent two entries, and I applaud ChicoSol on its efforts to highlight a disparity and follow that reporting through. I will be interested in seeing the one-year story and will make sure to look for it. Ms. Layton's writing style was straightforward and approachable, and the story was not bogged down with data. I like the use of a narrative lede in the second article and found the main source a compelling "character" and found myself cheering for her group. This is classic and clean public service journalism.Leslie Layton
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underPublic Service JournalismFourth PlaceThe Malibu TimesMalibuThe Woolsey Fire's Two-Year AnniversaryThis is solid and thorough reporting in a category with very stiff competition. I appreciated the structure of the series, with the recap and introduction stories preceding the bulk of the new information. Ms. Sawicki's firsthand knowledge of the fire, deep sourcing and methodical reporting provided readers with a large swath of information and very macro view of what has happened during the two years since (changes implemented for safety, updates from public officials, the lingering effect on nature and wildlife, etc.)Emily Sawicki
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underPublic Service JournalismFifth PlaceCoachella Valley IndependentDaily DigestConsolidating the most important daily news items into a digestible and accessible form was a great idea and the reach and effect on the public was impressive, but the competition was fierce in this category. I have seen other types of news digests, but I really thought the editor's note in every issue was unique and a very user-friendly way to reach your audience.Jimmy Boegle
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFirst PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramento'Unconscionable.' How a surge in domestic violence is saving the bail bond industryJason Pohl
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutSecond PlaceKaiser Health NewsSan FranciscoHard Lives Made Harder by Covid: Homeless Endure a 'Slow-Moving Train Wreck'Anna Maria Barry-Jester, Angela Hart
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutThird PlaceSF WeeklySan FranciscoLights Out On Treasure IslandGrace Z. Li
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoCalifornia stories from the pandemicSusanne Rust, Carolyn Cole
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-FalloutFifth PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaMissed milestones: Pandemic brings abrupt end to high school for local studentsKerry Benefield, John Burgess, Elissa Chudwin
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFirst PlaceCalifornia Health ReportAlternatives to Calling the Police for Domestic Violence SurvivorsCalifornia Health Report takes on a complex and sensitive subject with evocative reporting and an emphasis on solutions. Bolstering statistical analysis with the thoughtful voices of frontline community activists, the story makes a compelling case for rethinking our response to domestic violence.Claudia Boyd-Barrett
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesSecond PlaceSan Clemente TimesCapistrano BeachSurfers Paddle Out for Floyd; Calls to Defund Police Met with Opposing Voices from Local OfficialsThis San Clemente Times entry is a terrific example of public service journalism at the community level. Coming off the roiling debates in the wake of George Floyd's death, the story informs the local dialogue by engaging community leaders in a fact-based accounting of local police practices, use-of-force data and city and county budget allocations.Shawn Raymundo
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesThird PlaceValley VoiceLemon CoveVisalia Unified School District and Black Lives MatterIn a riveting series of stories, the Valley Voice chronicles a tense, weeks-long standoff between local high school students and district officials that begins with a controversy over Black Lives Matter signs but soon exposes far deeper community rifts centered on race, gender and power. The reporters, via detailed daily dispatches, help inform the discussion by giving unfiltered voice to a broad array of community members.Martin Velasco-Ramos, Tony Maldonado
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFourth PlaceCalifornia Health ReportHow Families Are Fighting Racism and Disability DiscriminationA well-documented accounting of ongoing racial disparities in California services for children living with disabilities. The voices and visuals of community members pushing for change make for a compelling package.Claudia Boyd-Barrett
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFifth PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesMinneapolis Confidential: It's Not Just the Cop, It's the CultureThis first-person column puts a personal spin on the heated debates over allegations of institutional racism in the Minneapolis Police Department. Tracing a decades-long history of the department's interactions with Black residents, the author raises provocative questions about what it would take for real reform to take hold.Judith Lewis Mernit
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000General ExcellenceFirst PlaceThe Sonoma Index-TribuneSonomaSonomanews.comThis site is a gem. Strong photography, clean layout, headlines and story captions that are compelling points of entry for the devoted reader and casual grazer alike.Lorna Sheridan, Christian Kallen, Robbi Pengelly, Anne Ernst, Kate WilliamsIt was a real privilege to be able to spend so much time on these sites. This was a tough competition, with not much separating the Top 3 sites especially.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000General ExcellenceSecond PlaceThe TribuneSan Luis Obisposanluisobispo.comThis is one of the cleanest and easy to navigate news sites I've seen in a long time. Its layout and drop down menus guide readers to a deep well of news, features, sports and commentary.staffIt was a real privilege to be able to spend so much time on these sites. This was a tough competition, with not much separating the Top 3 sites especially.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000General ExcellenceThird PlaceVoice of OCSanta AnaVoice of OCThis scrappy nonprofit website punches well above its weight. It has done exemplary work covering the pandemic in Orange County, particularly its impact in disadvantaged communities even as elected officials were proclaiming "all is well." The site is well designed and easy to navigate, and the uncluttered content templates load quickly.Norberto Santana, Jr.It was a real privilege to be able to spend so much time on these sites. This was a tough competition, with not much separating the Top 3 sites especially.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000General ExcellenceFourth PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachLong Beach PostWhoa. There is so much content on this site. Tough-minded accountability reporting; informed commentary; high school and college sports coverage. But as a reader I never felt overwhelmed, and that's a credit to the design of a site that serves its audience with gusto.Staff of the Long Beach PostIt was a real privilege to be able to spend so much time on these sites. This was a tough competition, with not much separating the Top 3 sites especially.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000General ExcellenceFifth Place48hillsSan Francisco48hills.orgThe last several years have not been kind for the print version of the alternative press, but 48hills brings that edge and energy to mainstay topics such as development, criminal justice and city government. One real strength of its website is the rich array of arts, culture and food reviews, helped along by compelling headlines like, "4 SF beers you aren't drinking nearly enough of."Timothy RedmondIt was a real privilege to be able to spend so much time on these sites. This was a tough competition, with not much separating the Top 3 sites especially.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overVideo Journalism-OtherFirst PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoThe 50th: A scandal. A dynasty. An election.Top-notch quality video. It gave a comprehensive breakdown of Duncan Hunter, the court case against him, the district and the community's political leanings. There were so many features that accentuated the story, including subtitles and charts.Sam Hodgson, Beto Alvarez, Alejandro Tamayo, John Kelley, Jarrod ValliereThere was some stiff competition in this category! The variety of subjects made it difficult to narrow down the selection to a top 5. All the videos looked seamless, which speaks to the hard work put in planning each project.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overVideo Journalism-OtherSecond PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoFear and loathing the year 2020 - illustratedWow. What a way to sum up multiple, major events in 2020. There was so much detail in the illustrations, which all covered so many different aspects of all the events. The walking Trump throughout the piece kept everything centered. The humor was the icing on the cake! Sohail Al-Jamea, Jack Ohman, Neil NakahodoThere was some stiff competition in this category! The variety of subjects made it difficult to narrow down the selection to a top 5. All the videos looked seamless, which speaks to the hard work put in planning each project.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overVideo Journalism-OtherThird PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoThe Funeral SingerHaving the funeral singer serve as the narrator made her story more impactful and concluding with the photos of children made it very meaningful. The music was particularly important for a video like this one, and it helped carry the story thorough to the end.Manjula VargheseThere was some stiff competition in this category! The variety of subjects made it difficult to narrow down the selection to a top 5. All the videos looked seamless, which speaks to the hard work put in planning each project.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overVideo Journalism-OtherFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoOff Menu with Lucas Kwan PetersonI appreciated how the interviewer quickly built a rapport with each source as he visited each location. It made for an effective story. The videos used many methods to set each scene, from drone shots to close-ups of food preparation, which all help the viewer get transported to each place.Lucas Kwan Peterson, Cody Long, Yadira Flores, Vesta PartoviThere was some stiff competition in this category! The variety of subjects made it difficult to narrow down the selection to a top 5. All the videos looked seamless, which speaks to the hard work put in planning each project.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overVideo Journalism-OtherFifth PlaceThe Mercury News/East Bay TimesSan JoseCoronavirus: After weeks on a ventilator, San Jose mother comes home to the most unbearable newsIt was amazing to see how up-close and personal the real impact of losing a loved one to COVID-19. The transitions and accompanying text helped piece together the story, and the transitions helped carry the story to the end.Randy VazquezThere was some stiff competition in this category! The variety of subjects made it difficult to narrow down the selection to a top 5. All the videos looked seamless, which speaks to the hard work put in planning each project.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000WritingFirst PlaceCalMattersSacramentoMental health 'tsunami' looms: Can California prevent a surge in suicides?Jocelyn Wiener
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000WritingSecond PlaceVoice of OCSanta AnaRenaming Historic Sites Continues to Ignite Debate in Orange CountyRichard Chang
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000WritingThird PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachLife lessons: How a LBUSD grad navigated a difficult path to become the school board's youngest memberCrystal Niebla
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000WritingFourth PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachFor years, a father pressed for justice; now the lurid details of his son's death are a trial issueJeremiah Dobruck
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000WritingFifth PlaceVoice of OCSanta AnaSantana: Just One Vote Made The Difference In Brea's Local School Board RaceNorberto Santana, Jr.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000News PhotoFirst PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachKevin AndersonThomas Cordova
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000News PhotoSecond PlaceCalMattersSacramentoHaight Ashbury ShutdownAnne Wernikoff
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000News PhotoThird PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoOrange Sky DayJessica Christian
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000News PhotoFourth PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachA protester throws up peace signsBrandon Richardson
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000News PhotoFifth PlaceVentura County StarCamarilloSee the antibody testing at Westminster Free Clinic in Thousand OaksJuan Carlo
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underWildfire News CoverageFirst PlaceVoice of OCSanta AnaOngoing Wildfire Risks in Orange CountyThis series of stories did a good job uncovering and illuminating city and county government issues faced during last year's wildfires. Found it interesting,Nick Gerda, Hosam Elattar, Noah BiesiadaGreat to read quality work by fellow in-state journalists. Learned something from everything I read.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underWildfire News CoverageSecond PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramento'Get! Get! Get!' How a Camp Fire survivor escaped another California inferno with his familyIncredible human-interest story on a family lineage and the ongoing struggles they faced over the years during California's wildfire seasons. Great digital work as well.Jason PohlGreat to read quality work by fellow in-state journalists. Learned something from everything I read.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underWildfire News CoverageThird PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachLong Beach escaped flames during historic fire season, but how toxic is all the smoke we've had?Interesting story on the wildfires and the actual damage done to air quality during these episodes. Different take.Tim GrobatyGreat to read quality work by fellow in-state journalists. Learned something from everything I read.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underWildfire News CoverageFourth PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoAmong the devastation in Berry Creek, a firefighter saves his home for his young sonWell-done story of a community ravaged by the wildfires. Very descriptive.Sam StantonGreat to read quality work by fellow in-state journalists. Learned something from everything I read.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underWildfire News CoverageFifth PlaceThe Malibu TimesMalibuString of Fires Triggers Homeless Camps' ClearanceInformative piece on the Tuna Canyon, the homeless crisis and how fires play a direct role in the issue.Genevieve FinnGreat to read quality work by fellow in-state journalists. Learned something from everything I read.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Public Service JournalismFirst PlaceCalMattersSacramentoCalifornia 2020 Election GuideBen Christopher, Byrhonda Lyons, John Osborn D'Agostino, Lo Benichou, Laurel Rosenhall
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Public Service JournalismSecond PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoSF Homeless Project 2020San Francisco Chronicle Staff
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Public Service JournalismThird PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoTracking coronavirus data in San Diego CountyCristina Byvik, Michelle Gilchrist, Michelle Guerrero, Daniel Wheaton, Lauryn Schroeder
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Public Service JournalismFourth PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachUnder Color of Authority: An Examination of Police Conduct and Accountability in Long BeachJeremiah Dobruck, Alena Maschke, Jason Ruiz, Dennis Dean, Joel Sappell
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Public Service JournalismFifth PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoImpact of COVID-19 on restaurant industryElena Kadvany
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overIn-Depth ReportingFirst PlaceThe San Diego Union-TribuneSan DiegoReturned seriesThe accessible explanatory journalism demonstrated throughout this project helps renew interest in a subject that we've heard about endlessly in recent years. It helped that the writers were able to weave in compelling personal anecdotes with all the data -- without weighing down the story unnecessarily.Kate Morrissey, Nelvin C. Cepeda, Lauryn Schroeder, Alejandro Tamayo, Michelle Guerrero
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overIn-Depth ReportingSecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoA Toxic Secret Lurks in Deep SeaFascinating topic; and the writers and designers provided great execution on the presentation. Good job keeping a potentially dry story understandable and readable.Rosanna Xia, Sean Greene
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overIn-Depth ReportingThird PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoThe Suspect Next DoorThis was a story that could have been treated like any other homicide story -- superficially, only through police and court coverage -- but the decision to dig deep was a good one. Readers got a fascinating exploration of the local legal system that offered resolution for all parties and didn't feel exploitative.Matthias Gafni
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overIn-Depth ReportingFourth PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoNothing WildI loved how this series tied disparate environmental topics into a single thread. Unique approach!Ryan Sabalow
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overIn-Depth ReportingFifth PlaceKaiser Health NewsSan FranciscoDialysis Industry Spends Millions, Emerges as Power Player in California PoliticsSamantha Young
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underGeneral ExcellenceFirst PlaceCalifornia Health ReportCalifornia Health ReportCalifornia Health Report demonstrates a consistent commitment to sophisticated enterprise reporting.Hannah Guzik, Claudia Boyd-Barrett
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underGeneral ExcellenceSecond PlacePetaluma Argus-CourierPetalumaPetaluma Argus-CourierArgus-Courier Team
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underGeneral ExcellenceThird PlaceSan Clemente TimesCapistrano BeachSan Clemente TimesShawn Raymundo, San Clemente Times Staff
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underGeneral ExcellenceFourth PlacePleasanton WeeklyPleasantonPleasantonWeekly.comJeremy Walsh, Gina Channell
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underGeneral ExcellenceFifth PlaceThe Business JournalFresnoBusiness Journal homepageGabriel Dillard
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underNews PhotoFirst PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesThrough a Lens DarklyTed Soqui
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underNews PhotoSecond PlaceThe Malibu TimesMalibuSuspect Apprehended in Malibu After High Speed Chase That May Have Started 10-Acre Topanga BlazeJulie Ellerton
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underNews PhotoThird PlacePleasanton WeeklyPleasantonDining out in PleasantonRyan Degan
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underNews PhotoFourth PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesCOVID BlueTed Soqui
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underNews PhotoFifth PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesCelebrating Biden's WinTed Soqui
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underBreaking NewsFirst PlaceThe Malibu TimesMalibuSanta Monica Mountains Helicopter Crash Takes Lives of Nine, Including Kobe BryantEmily Sawicki, Flora Adamian
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underBreaking NewsSecond PlacePleasanton WeeklyPleasantonPleasanton PD officers cleared of criminal charges for man's death after confrontation outside Raley'sJeremy Walsh
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underBreaking NewsThird PlaceThe Business JournalFresnoAfter 63 years, Downtown Fresno business is closingFrank Lopez
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underBreaking NewsFourth PlaceValley VoiceLemon CoveTulare councilman says he vandalized opponents' signageDave Adalian
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underBreaking NewsFifth PlaceDana Point TimesCapistrano BeachCrews Use Crane Barge to Lift Iconic Tall Ship 'Pilgrim'Zach Cavanagh, Lillian Boyd
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Video Journalism-OtherFirst PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachSuperheroes and Coffee: how two humanitarians help others while keeping their distanceAn unexpected and heartfelt story about locals providing joy and relief to community members, despite their own hardships. Beautifully shot and composed.Cheantay JensenStrong entries all around, but with clear winners. My top three choices were difficult to make, but ultimately Superheroes and Coffee stood out the most to me as a unique and exemplary piece of documentary.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Video Journalism-OtherSecond PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Stopping the PressesAn empathetic and heartbreaking story on workers who lost jobs they loved.Vickie ConnorStrong entries all around, but with clear winners. My top three choices were difficult to make, but ultimately Superheroes and Coffee stood out the most to me as a unique and exemplary piece of documentary.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Video Journalism-OtherThird PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachRestaurant La CeibaA beautifully shot video about a local restaurant that is proud of its multi-national immigrant roots.Thomas Cordova, Crystal Niebla, Sebastian EcheverryStrong entries all around, but with clear winners. My top three choices were difficult to make, but ultimately Superheroes and Coffee stood out the most to me as a unique and exemplary piece of documentary.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Video Journalism-OtherFourth PlaceGrunion GazetteLong BeachVisiting Long Beach HistoryAn energetic, fun piece featuring a charismatic voice. Great use of visuals and incorporation of history.Jesse LopezStrong entries all around, but with clear winners. My top three choices were difficult to make, but ultimately Superheroes and Coffee stood out the most to me as a unique and exemplary piece of documentary.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Video Journalism-OtherFifth PlaceEdSourceOaklandEducation InterruptedAn ambitious documentary on how families and students are coping amid the pandemic.Jennifer Molina, Rose Ciotta, Anne Vasquez, EdSource StaffStrong entries all around, but with clear winners. My top three choices were difficult to make, but ultimately Superheroes and Coffee stood out the most to me as a unique and exemplary piece of documentary.
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Feature PhotoFirst PlaceVentura County StarCamarilloCheck out the 41 photos of BMX riders getting huge air on jumps at Sapwi Bike ParkJuan Carlo
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Feature PhotoSecond PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoTheo: Homeless at Age 7Gabrielle Lurie
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Feature PhotoThird PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachParatrooper and liberator Vincent J. SperanzaBrandon Richardson
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Feature PhotoFourth PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoA view from Twin Peaks in San Francisco-at 8a.m. on September 9, 2020-the day the skies turned orange over the Bay Area.Charles Russo
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Feature PhotoFifth PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachEvelyn KnightThomas Cordova
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Feature StoryFirst PlaceCalMattersSacramentoThe pandemic's great divide: Twelve hours in an L.A. restaurantNigel Duara?s piece offers a window into an L.A. vegan restaurant that few readers have ever visited, but it feels as if Duara could be peering behind the counter at any of our favorite local joints. We've all watched as the lights went out in some of our favorite local eateries, wondering which would be next, hoping that our favorite server is earning enough to live. Duara captures the uncertainty from inside, nailing the voices of the frustrated owners frantically looking for answers, the servers struggling to make the rent and feed their own families, the bored bartenders and brewers standing in front of empty barstools. The headline says 12 hours inside, but it feels as if he has spent months bumping up against these people in a tight kitchen and is telling the readers their backstory over a beer after a long shift.Nigel Duara
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Feature StorySecond PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoInside The Queen's Gambit: Exploring the unknown Bay Area origins of the Netflix hitCharles Russo's compelling story of a hometown boy who found success, though never real fame, is made all the more enjoyable by its underlying search for answers about how Walter Tevis's name and literature remain divorced from the stories he's told us, even in his hometown of San Francisco. With witty wordplay worthy of Beth Harmon, Russo guides us through a brief history of Tevis's life, explaining the foundations of his semi-autobiographical protagonist. A fascinating and fun read that will hopefully help introduce Tevis's name--and perhaps even his work--to a new generation.Charles Russo
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Feature StoryThird PlaceCalMattersSacramentoFor some California teens, school closures led to work in the fieldsElizabeth Aguilera offers an important and under-told story about the pandemic's stunting effect on migrant students' education. Aguilar's story offers readers a view of this vulnerable population, whose only vehicle to a better life is education, and serves as a stark reminder of the startling inequities in American education.Elizabeth Aguilera
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Feature StoryFourth PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachWhen COVID-19 stranded them in the U.S., a killing tore this family apartValerie Osier, Stephanie Rivera
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Feature StoryFifth PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoHow San Jose became America's Vietnamese food meccaElena Kadvany
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Coverage of Youth and EducationFirst PlaceLong Beach PostLong Beach 'I don't take any of this for granted': Homeless student finds housing through new programKelly Puente
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Coverage of Youth and EducationSecond PlaceVentura County StarCamarilloWhere did all the kindergarteners go? Enrollment drops significantly in Ventura CountyShivani Patel
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Coverage of Youth and EducationThird PlaceSanta Maria TimesSanta Maria'Where's your passport?'Joe Bailey, Laura Place
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Coverage of Youth and EducationFourth PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachPoly Problems: A series on allegations, whistleblowers and fallout at Long Beach Poly High SchoolBrian Addison, Stephanie Rivera, Kelly Puente, Gabriel San Roman
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Coverage of Youth and EducationFifth PlaceVoice of OCSanta AnaOC Board of Education Emails Database & StoriesNoah Biesiada, Hosam Elattar, Caitlin Bartusick, Sonya Quick
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Enterprise News Story or SeriesFirst PlaceCalMattersSacramentoCalifornia NAACP president aids corporate prop campaigns - collects $1.2 million and countingThis was a worthy topic with impact: the state NAACP leader resigned. The writing was engaging throughout. This is true enterprise springing from a reporter who noticed patterns that seemed not to make sense. The conflict of interest was staggering.Laurel Rosenhall
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Enterprise News Story or SeriesSecond PlaceVentura County StarCamarillo'They have no place to go': Ventura County sees number of homeless students doubleThorough reporting about a heart-breaking issue. Graphics offer good localization by school district. Interviews with homeless families put a face on the problems, from how the families ended up homeless to practical matters such as how children can get to school when they are moving from a shelter to a hotel. Solutions are offered at the end.Erin Rode
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Enterprise News Story or SeriesThird PlaceSan Jose SpotlightSan JoseWhat are lobbyists doing at San Jose City Hall? That's a good questionExcellent sourcing, including people defending themselves for not complying with an ordinance designed to ensure lobbyist transparency with excuses like it's too onerous or no one ever seemed to care. But for those who do comply, they take the time because they believe in the importance of transparency.Carly Wipf
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Enterprise News Story or SeriesFourth PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoFires point to risky conditions in Ravenswood TriangleWell-written story about a topic of interest to the community because of the environmental issues, but also because of the challenges associated with a homeless encampment in a "protected habitat" that appears to be anything but.Sue Dremann
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Enterprise News Story or SeriesFifth PlaceCalMattersSacramento'Go on Medi-Cal to get that': Why Californians with mental illness are dropping private insurance to get taxpayer-funded treatmentMental health stigma often prevents families from talking about issues, but this reporter finds people to discuss what they had been told: to leave their private insurance companies for better care for their loved ones. That has allowed private companies to pocket more profits while putting the burden on taxpayers for the most serious mental health issues. This is journalism with impact, with lawmakers and advocates citing this story before they passed a law to expand mental health parity.Jocelyn Wiener
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoFireworks explode at policeA compelling, well-timed shot of this protest: one officer is seemingly stomping embers from a firework out, others are seen lit and landing at officers' feet. The technical quality is a bonus.Gina Ferazzi
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoSecond PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoTaking a standThis photo traded (metaphorical) blows for the spot of #1. The photographer framed the photo well with protesters atop a burnt-out police car and another one billowing smoke in the background.Wally Skalij
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoThird PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoSocial justice protest in SacramentoDaniel Kim
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoFourth PlaceThe AlmanacPalo AltoBlack Lives Matter rally targets Amazon, Facebook in calls for racial justiceMagali Gauthier
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-PhotoFifth PlaceVoice of OCSanta AnaIn Wake of Raucous Protests, Santa Ana Residents Rally Around Clean UpJulie Leopo
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underWildfire Feature CoverageFirst PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta Rosa'I'm starting over, but this time I'm 72': Trio of homeowners share loss, hopes for the future after Glass fireI thought this story caught the essence of this contest.Austin Murphy, John Burgess, Chris Chung, Elissa Chudwin, Christian Hupfeld
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underWildfire Feature CoverageSecond PlaceSan Francisco ChronicleSan FranciscoA Lightning Fire, A Thunderous PathI thought this story caught the essence of this contest.Matthias Gafni, Lizzie Johnson
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underWildfire Feature CoverageThird PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoWhy California spends billions but can't control its wildfiresThought this was a very informative piece.Dale Kasler, Ryan Sabalow
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underWildfire Feature CoverageFourth PlaceCalifornia Health ReportDisasters Are Driving a Mental Health CrisisClaudia Boyd-Barrett, Dean Russell, Jamie Smith Hopkins
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underWildfire Feature CoverageFifth PlacePalo Alto WeeklyPalo AltoMeet the evacuated animals of the CZU wildfireCharles Russo
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Land-Use ReportingFirst PlaceVentura County StarCamarilloSimi Valley defies state over 278-unit apartment complexThe writer did a great job covering all perspectives surrounding a controversial housing project, including months of foot-dragging by the Simi Valley City Council.Erin Rode
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Land-Use ReportingSecond PlaceCalMattersSacramentoBattle at the BeachThis two-part series on Oceano Dunes' state -- among residents, tourists, and even between two different government agencies -- clearly and succinctly lays out the different facets for the reader.Julie Cart
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Land-Use ReportingThird PlaceVoice of OCSanta AnaAnnual High Tide Spurs Concerns About Future Safety of San Onofre Nuclear Waste Stock Near South OCVideo, maps, and great photography helped illustrate this story and its importance.Brandon Pho
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Land-Use ReportingFourth PlaceVentura County StarCamarilloHousing advocacy group and developer sue Simi Valley over denial of senior communityErin Rode
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Land-Use ReportingFifth PlaceThe Press DemocratSanta RosaA month later, burn scar of Walbridge fire spans northwestern Sonoma CountyMary Callahan, Kent Porter, Elissa Chudwin
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFirst PlaceKaiser Health NewsSan FranciscoHolding California Accountable for its Covid ResponseKaiser Health News has long been one of the best sources for understanding health news in California, but they became indispensable during the COVID-19 pandemic. No one else is covering California-specific pandemic news in such detail.Anna Maria Barry-Jester, Angela Hart, Jenny Gold, Rachel Bluth, Rachana Pradhan
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingSecond PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoCalifornia's rural hospitals can't handle a coronavirus wave. 'People will die,' doctor warnsThe Sac Bee is one of the only publications covering the Central Valley's rural communities in such detail. These are important stories, well told.Ryan Sabalow, Jason Pohl , Sophia Bollag
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingThird PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoCalifornia gave $139 million ventilator contract to medical supply firm once raided by FBIAs a Sacramento journalist, the Sacramento Bee's coverage has been indispensable to my understanding of the pandemic and the way I write about it. It's great to have this publication in town.Ryan Sabalow, Jason Pohl, Dale Kasler
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFourth PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoHow a rush to reopen drove Los Angeles County into a health crisisAs a journalist, I've spent a lot of time trying to look back in the record to try to remember the timeline of how everything happened. LA Times' graphic narrative charting the timeline is a useful tool.Sandhya Kambhampati, Soumya Karlamangla, Jaclyn Cosgrove, Maloy Moore, Priya Krishnakumar
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & overCoverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic-Health ReportingFifth PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoHere are the California nursing homes with infection-control violations, and why that mattersThis is an important story and written well. In the context of the digital presentation, however, I find it confusing that Sac Bee stories are headed with videos that have only a tangential connection to the story on the page.Jason Pohl, Michael Finch II
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFirst PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachViral photo from Sunday's protest shows tense scene with police; here's the backstoryThis is an excellent story that does what journalism is supposed to do: tell the whole story from every angle.Stephanie Rivera
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesSecond PlaceMountain View VoicePalo AltoIn the wake of protests, Mountain View residents demand police reformMountain View Voice is a valuable publication doing the important work of covering the impact on global events on small communities. It appears that the comment section is also serving as an active public forum for the community.Kevin Forestieri
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesThird PlaceVoice of OCSanta AnaSanta Ana Unified School District Creates Ethnic Studies Requirement in Wake of George Floyd ProtestsThis is a great story. It's nice to see some coverage of actual solutions that are educating people and giving others jobs.Hosam Elattar
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFourth PlaceVentura County StarCamarilloSimi Valley councilman criticized for Facebook posts about George Floyd protestsA well-reported story that takes the time not only to present both sides' perspectives but to understand them.Erin Rode
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Coverage of Protests and Racial Justice-News or Feature StoriesFifth PlaceVoice of OCSanta AnaOrange County Protests Against Police ViolenceCaitlin Bartusick, Sonya Quick
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of Youth and EducationFirst PlaceCalifornia Health ReportCalifornia Considers Extending Foster Care for Young Adults Until Pandemic Emergency EndsClaudia Boyd-Barrett
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of Youth and EducationSecond PlaceCalifornia Health ReportHow Colleges Are Supporting Students Leaving Abusive RelationshipsClaudia Boyd-Barrett
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of Youth and EducationThird PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesBudget Crisis Threatens L.A. Teachers' Hard-Won GainsJack Ross
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of Youth and EducationFourth PlacePleasanton WeeklyPleasantonDanville student settles free-speech lawsuit against SRVUSD, will receive $665,000 and public apologyRyan Degan
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underCoverage of Youth and EducationFifth PlacePleasanton WeeklyPleasantonAnother abrupt superintendent departure for Dublin UnifiedJeremy Walsh, Riya Chopra, Cierra Bailey
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underVideo Journalism-NewsFirst PlaceLong Beach PostLong BeachShirley Raines, Beauty 2 The StreetzThomas Cordova
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underVideo Journalism-NewsSecond PlaceVoice of OCSanta AnaAnnual High Tide Spurs Concerns About Future Safety of San Onofre Nuclear Waste Stock Near South OCJose Hernandez
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underVideo Journalism-NewsThird PlaceGrunion GazetteLong BeachKobe Bryant MuralJesse Lopez
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underVideo Journalism-NewsFourth PlaceCapital & MainLos AngelesThe White Supremacist House: Extremism in the Trump AdministrationMarco Amador, Capital & Main Staff
Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,000 & underVideo Journalism-NewsFifth PlaceThe Desert SunPalm SpringsDesert Sun: Stopping the PressesVickie Connor
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Investigative ReportingFirst PlaceLos Angeles TimesEl SegundoFumed Out"Fumed Out" by Kiera Feldman reveals how the airline industry threatens the health and safety of all of us who fly. Its flawless presentation and harrowing detail build the case that this is the tobacco and asbestos of aviation.Kiera Feldman
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Investigative ReportingSecond PlaceThe Sacramento BeeSacramentoBlackout on Lone Star Road"Blackout on Lone Star Road" by Jason Pohl is storytelling at its very best. Man, can Pohl write.Jason Pohl
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Investigative ReportingThird PlaceVentura County StarCamarilloFighting 'tooth and nail' for Ventura County police misconduct records: What they sayMegan Diskin's "Fighting tooth and nail" gives readers more insight into the reporting process than any other investigate entry. How dare the Ventura Police Department charge $67 an hour for redaction.Megan Diskin
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Investigative ReportingFourth Place48hillsSan FranciscoBig real estate escapes $360 million in local SF taxesTimothy Redmond, Elisa Mann and Zachary James walk readers through how commercial real estate tax loopholes rob schools and city services of at least $360 million in revenue a year.Timothy Redmond, Elisa Mann, Zachary James
Monthly Unique Visitors: 400,001 & over,Monthly Unique Visitors: 100,001-400,000Investigative ReportingFifth PlaceCalMattersSacramentoSweet CharityLaurel Rosenhall's "Sweet Charity" made an immediate impact. California's political ethics commission is now investigating this growing trend. Nice work.Laurel Rosenhall
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